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Your Child DOES Have a Permanent Record!

November 13, 2015

Everyone seems to understand the problem except SAU 55.

from the Washington Post

Parental concerns about student privacy have been rising in recent years amid the growing use by schools, school districts and states use technology to collect mountains of detailed information on students. Last year, a controversial $100 million student data collection project funded by the Gates Foundation and operated by a specially created nonprofit organization called inBloom was forced to shut down because of these concerns, an episode that served as a warning to parents about just how much information about their children is being shared without their knowledge.

Most student data is gathered at school via multiple routes; either through children’s online usage or information provided by parents, teachers or other school staff. A student’s education record generally includes demographic information, including race, ethnicity, and income level; discipline records, grades and test scores, disabilities and Individual Education Plans (IEPs), mental health and medical history, counseling records and much more.

Under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), medical and counseling records that are included in your child’s education records are unprotected by HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act passed by Congress in 1996). Thus, very sensitive mental and physical health information can be shared outside of the school without parent consent.

Neo-nazi Dr. Herr Metzler has embraced these efforts.  Read to the bottom of the article to understand how you can protect your child[ren].  Insist that the State Database be scrubbed of your child[ren]’s personally identifiable data and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Open letter to SAU 55 Superintendent Earl Metzler,

December 22, York Dispatch – (Pennsylvania) Police: Students’ information compromised in South Western HS data breach. The school district notified an unknown number of students at South Western High School in Penn Township and their parents after an individual accessed students’ personal information. Police are investigating how the breach occurred and who is responsible. Source: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_27188043/police-students-information-compromised-south-western-hs-data

When our kids’ PII is compromised — or at least when that fact has been made public, there will be plenty of evidence that you were personally aware of the risk. There is no need to put this information at risk. You need to better protect this information. Starting now.

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